2020 Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

If you’re looking for a sedan that demands attention, then you’ll be happy with either the 2020 Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. Both cars are known to turn some heads as they drive around Gulfport and Biloxi, and they do it with efficiency and comfort.

The team at Pat Peck Honda wanted to know which one of these popular sedans has the most to offer drivers like you in the Long Beach area, so we compared the 2020 Civic vs. 2020 Corolla. This is what we found out.

Sporty Engine Power in the 2020 Civic and Corolla

2020 Honda Civic Engine

Whether you decide to drive the 2020 Civic or 2020 Corolla, you’ll be driving a well-balanced car that delivers plenty of power, while keeping its efficiency high.

In fact, the LX CVT trim level in the Honda Civic and the S trim level in the Toyota Corolla (their respective base-level trims) get an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 30 city/38 highway MPG.1

One of the ways they keep their efficiency so high is by coming standard with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The CVT is known for maximizing on mileage without sacrificing power by optimizing your shift points.

If you want an even sportier feel, both sedans have a trim level that comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, as well.

One thing we noticed, however, is that the 2020 Civic manages to maximize its efficiency while offering a higher engine output than the Corolla:

  • 2020 Honda Civic standard horsepower: 158 horsepower
  • 2020 Toyota Corolla standard horsepower: 139 horsepower

Not only does the Civic offer more horsepower in the standard powertrain, it does so in the upgraded one, as well:

  • 2020 Honda Civic maximum horsepower: 174 horsepower
  • 2020 Toyota Corolla maximum horsepower: 169 horsepower

As you can see, whether you opt for the standard or upgraded powertrain in either of these sedans, the Honda Civic may offer more of that exciting kick you’re looking for from such a sporty sedan.

Dimensions Inside the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic Interior

As you cruise through town in your 2020 Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, you’ll do so in a cabin that feels spacious and comfortable. In either sedan, you’ll get two rows of seats and the ability to accommodate up to five passengers.

The Civic offers more space all around, however, as you can see from the passenger volumes:

  • Honda Civic passenger volume: 8 cubic feet
  • Toyota Corolla passenger volume:6 cubic feet

The Civic gives passengers an additional cubic foot of space to stretch out in. We see this most clearly in the rear legroom measurements:

  • Honda Civic legroom (front/rear): 3/37.4 inches
  • Toyota Corolla legroom (front/rear): 42/34.8 inches

While both sedans give the driver approximately 42 inches of legroom, the Civic provides an additional 2.6 inches of legroom to rear-seat passengers over the Corolla, which may make for a more comfortable ride.

There’s a disparity in the trunk volume measurements, as well:

  • 2020 Civic trunk volume: 1 cubic feet
  • 2020 Corolla trunk volume:1 cubic feet

With an additional two cubic feet of trunk volume, you may be able to pack heavier in the 2020 Honda Civic than you can in the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

How Do the 2020 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Compare?

When our team at Pat Peck Honda compared the 2020 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, we found a lot to like about what the Civic brings to the Long Beach, Biloxi, and Gulfport areas. Do you want to see it in action?

Contact us to schedule your test drive of the Honda Civic today!



130 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT trim. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.